Why am I drippings with goo? The dashboard is melting into strands of dripping plastic and all the beer is warm. It’s south Arizona and highway 60 heads south of hell and straight to the Ak-Chin Pavilion and the next stop on the Dead and Company Summer Tour. With the grooven success of the Las Vegas kickoff show behind us, all we can do now is get more classic rock n roll in our wheelhouse. Witness Dead and Company shine in the desert.
It’s 112 degrees in Phoenix and Dead & Company blasted through their second stop on tour for an electrifying show at the Ak-Chin Pavilion. Bob Weir, Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann, John Mayer, Oteil Burbridge, and Jeff Chimenti slid in hot after Saturday night’s tour opener in Las Vegas with an entirely new set list. The show kicked off with “Feel Like A Stranger,” “Bertha,” and “Minglewood Blues”.
The band continued with the first Scoteesha’s favorite song, “Cassidy” that led into a foundational “Peggy-O.” The first set closed with “Loose Lucy,” a deliciously sang “Sugaree,”,” while the kids danced in the dark with Dead & Co.’s psychedelic light show covering the stage with a cornucopia of flashing color. Mayer took the vocal on “Sugaree,” and as always, Oteil was a solid replacement for Phil. Bobby ended the set with “Samson and Delilah,” which knocked most fans into the top levels of the stratosphere and had this hippy asking for more.
This music. This band. These crowds. I have never had more fun in my life. ⚡️💀🌹⚡️What a year. I’m surrounded by music. Thank you.
— John Mayer (@JohnMayer) May 29, 2017
Dead and Company
Feel Like a Stranger
Samson and Delilah
Saint of Circumstance
Fire on the Mountain
Touch of Grey
With temperatures around 110 degrees during the day, the second set scorcher opened with “Lost Sailor” and “Saint of Circumstance,” before Mayer took over on “Crazy Fingers.” The guitarists then turned the crank for a blistering “Scarlet Begonias” that led into a “Fire on the Mountain,” with Weir on vocals. The percussion section then locked in for an incredible “Drums” and “Space” which combined vicious tribal rhythms, straight out of the Apocalypse Now sessions, and heartbeat electric synth.
Our first weekend of Summer Tour was hotter than the desert sun! Thank you Las Vegas and Phoenix for dancing with us. (📷: Brande Jackson) pic.twitter.com/OordagBlbL
— Dead & Company (@deadandcompany) May 30, 2017
After the run, the band mellowed out for a lopey version of “Dear Prudence” and the second set closed with an energetic “Casey Jones,” before they tied it off with “Touch of Grey”.
Plan A remains in effect as we look for ways to find glamping success in California. There have been plenty of surprises on our summer adventure, but nothing has been more of a treat than enjoying the silky-smooth sounds of Dead and Company. The sound quality, song selections, musicianship, and crowds have been a nightly treat. The robot, Oteil’s mad-funky base has been keeping everyone in line while Jeff Chimenti’s weaving keys has added layers of popping piano.
Begone Mayer haters! Your day is done.
Thanks John for the slipperiest sound to emerge from a Dead show in a while. Those controlled bluesy vocals along with that grinding guitar help everything to emerge from the cocoon fully cooked. These songs are real special so it’s big fun to see them repeatedly interpreted. We’ve seen John Mayer plenty of times and he just appears to be having tons of fun. This next generation of deadheads will see John Mayer as a member of the family and a cornerstone of the jam. Just like Bruce Hornsby in the 90’s and a slough of others through the years, he to will learn that there is no escape once you’re in.
And why would you want to?
NailTravels and Dead & Company have a few days off to get to Los Angeles and will return to the stage at the Hollywood Bowl in Hollywood, California on May 31. What a long strange trip it’s been. Visit the Roger Waters 2017 Pig Mine Countdown: Phase 3